Tutor Highlight: Minna Stevens Solo Exhibition
We are proud to present a solo exhibition by Minna Stevens, Course Director of the Diploma in Portraiture. Minna has exhibited extensively throughout her career, including solo and group shows at prominent institutions such as The National Portrait Gallery (BP Portrait Award 1995, 1994), Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Show 2010) and Christies (The Garrick/Milne Prize 2005, 2003, 2000). We’re delighted to host her first Heatherleys solo exhibition.
“I have always favoured painting from life; it is an engagement with my immediate surroundings.”
Tuesday 13 February 2024
4:30pm – 7:00pm
12 February – 1 March 2024
10.00am – 4.00pm
Last entry on 1 March is 3.00pm
The Heatherley School of Fine Art
75 Lots Road, London SW10 0RN
I have always favoured painting from life; it is an engagement with my immediate surroundings. So lockdown posed a serious problem, dealing with subjects now remote. To achieve a sense of a physical and emotional encounter I had to enliven the mediated material. This selection of recent paintings is an experiment with images sourced from video and photography. Rather than allow photographs to pin down and fix the image, I have tried to revitalise them, to capture shifting and volatile events. It is a play of imagination, memory and observation. The paintings seem intimate, warm and relaxed, in the sense that they are accepting of an urgency to hold on to fleeting moments. Through colour and the tactility of the marks, I try to balance a dynamic visual experience with the act of painting itself.
To see more of Minna’s work, visit her website
Minna Stevens is Course Director of the Diploma in Portraiture at Heatherleys.
A two-year course for aspiring painters, the Diploma in Portraiture offers challenges that equip any student to approach painting in whatever way, or direction, they wish to take it.
You will learn to deal with structure, anatomy, colour, composition and the use of materials within a friendly environment with live models. Attempting to capture not just a likeness but a sense of a person, a living presence, will prepare the ground for students to pursue and shape an exciting, fulfilling, independent career as a painter of any kind, not only in portraiture. Read more.
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Monday to Friday
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tutor: Alex Duncan
Course #: SC23